New Slow Logon, Slow Boot Troubleshooting Content

Hi all, Ned here again. We get emailed here all the time about issues involving delays in user logons. Often enough that, a few years back, Bob wrote a multi-part article on the subject.

Taking it to the next level, some of my esteemed colleagues have created a multi-part TechNet Wiki series on understanding, analyzing, and troubleshooting slow logons and slow boots. These include:

Before you shrug this off, consider the following example, where we assume for our hypothetical company:

  • Employees work 250 days per year (50 weeks * 5 days per week)
  • Employee labor costs $2 per minute
  • Each employees boots and logs on to a single desktop computer only once per day
  • There are 25 and 30 seconds of removable delay from the boot and logon operations

That means an annual cost of:

Benjamin Franklin would not be pleased

Even if you take just the understated US Bureau of Labor private sector compensation cost numbers (roughly $0.50 average employee total compensation cost per minute), you are still hemorrhaging cash. And those numbers just cover direct compensation and benefit costs, not all the other overhead  that goes into an employee, as well as the fact that they are not producing anything during that time – you are paying them to do nothing. Need I mention that the computer-using employees are probably costing you nearly twice that number?

Get to reading, people – this is a big deal.

– Ned “a penny saved is a penny earned” Pyle